Ask an Expert: 5 Tactics for Dementia Caregiving

Ask an Expert: 5 Tactics for Dementia Caregiving

Caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be an incredibly tiresome job. From the long hours to psychological exhaustion, to the physically demanding environment, there are very few ways to actively prepare for and predict the responsibilities that caregiving entails. Silverado’s Director of Clinical Education Sue Kruse shares key tactics for managing the day-to-day challenges of dementia caregivers.  Ask an Expert: 5 Tactics for Dementia Caregiving 1.  Communication Through Understanding According to Kruse, one of the most frustrating problem areas for individuals with dementia and their caregivers is communication. Many times, the person living with dementia

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Choosing Your Home Instead of Senior Care

Choosing Your Home Instead of Senior Care

If you are an older adult, or caring for an aging senior, the topic of home instead of senior care has likely come up. But, you don’t have to move to an assisted living facility to get the care needed. There are ways to get help with personal issues, meals, and medication while still living at home. Choosing Your Home Instead of Senior Care 69% of people age 90 or more have a disability, according to government estimates. With numbers like these, it is clear support is needed. Reach out to get the care you need to stay in your home as

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Preparing for a Natural Disaster as a Caregiver

Preparing for a Natural Disaster as a Caregiver

The day-to-day challenges of being a caregiver are monumental as it is, but in the unfortunate event of a natural disaster they can be multiplied. For a caregiver, being prepared for a natural disaster like a tornado, earthquake or hurricane involves more than just canned food and bottled water – it requires an understanding of the emotional and behavioral needs of their loved one. Preparing for a Natural Disaster as a Caregiver While nobody ever wants to be faced with a natural disaster, the following tips are an important resource to what to do should the unexpected happen. Decrease Anxiety:  Limit

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10 Mantras for Dementia Care Providers

Providing dementia care for a family member is rarely easy. But it gets easier if you regularly remind yourself about positive aspects of caregiving. The following eleven mantras for dementia care providers offer needed perspective to family caregivers and professional care providers alike. 10 Mantras for Dementia Care Providers “I Am Creating Positive Change.” Caregivers sometimes feel like nothing they do is really making a difference. During tough moments, it can be hard to see the positive impact that you’re having on your loved one’s life. It pays to remind yourself how much tougher those moments could be without your presence.

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How Home Care Helps Seniors with Vision Loss or Impairment

How Home Care Helps Seniors with Vision Loss or Impairment

Poor eyesight is a serious health concern for American seniors. Roughly one in three seniors copes with some form of vision loss or vision impairment. Poor vision is linked with lower quality of life, poor self-care, and increased risk of injury and poor health. One study from 2014 found that, over an eight year period, seniors with poor vision faced a 16% higher risk of mortality compared to those without vision problems. How Home Care Helps Seniors with Vision Loss or Impairment One way to fight back against elderly vision impairment is through home care services. While home care services can’t restore

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How to Handle Caregiving Related Jealousy

How to Handle Caregiving Related Jealousy

Caregiving can be an emotional situation, one that leads to unexpected feelings and conflicts. One of the more the common feelings felt in caregiving situations is jealousy. How to Handle Caregiving Related Jealousy Feelings of jealousy are rarely expected by families who are starting out with caregiving. But anyone who’s seen the way caregiving relationships develop will understand how these feelings happen. Whether care is provided by a family member, a professional caregiver, or a combination of both, caregivers are often the targets of jealousy. At Visiting Angels®, feelings of jealousy are something we commonly deal with in caregiving situations. Here

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Hardest Most Rewarding Job is Caregiving

Organizing Care for an Aging Loved One

Whether or not your job includes working outside enduring the elements or seeing others suffer with no ability to change their situation, caregiving for a loved one possibly could be the most difficult job of all. Why, because it is a job from the heart and not one easily left behind once you leave the job site. Hardest Most Rewarding Job is Caregiving How do you leave loved ones who are unable to go out and do much else for themselves without a saddened tug on your heart? Your heart wants you to know to that it is alright to do

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Making a Smooth Transition from One Caregiver to Another

Making a Smooth Transition from One Caregiver to Another

Tips for Continuity of Care Finding the right fit between a senior and his or her caregiver is the biggest part of any successful care relationship. So, when a senior has been receiving care from the same caregiver for years and finds out that caregiver is about to retire, switch jobs, or move to a different location, the news is a big deal. Seniors and their families often fret during this time, worried they will never find another care provider who can measure up to their care standards. Making a Smooth Transition from One Caregiver to Another At Visiting Angels, we

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Taking Care of Elderly Parents

10 Dementia Warning Signs to Look for this Holiday Season

There comes a time in many people’s lives in which they need to start taking care of elderly parents. For some people, that means setting up services that will come to their parent’s home. For others, it means making changes to the schedule to be available to care for them. If you’re faced with this situation right now, consider these tips to make the situation much easier to handle. Taking Care of Elderly Parents Tips for Taking Care of Elderly Parents #1: Learn About Your Parent’s Needs Before you’re able to care for your parent, you’ll need to know his/her needs.

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